Authorities say they're investigating a pipe bomb that was found and destroyed Monday night in downtown Springfield. The Illinois Secretary of State Bomb Squad neutralized the bomb after it was found on the sidewalk outside of Brewhaus pub, on Sixth and Washington Streets.
Once local police were on the scene, the bomb squad responded by identifying the object, then disabling it in a water cannon.
Illinois State Police say a driver was robbed on Interstate 55 near Litchfield by men who impersonated police officers.
According to the Belleville News-Democrat the man told police he was pulled over around 10 p.m. Tuesday by a sports utility vehicle with a flashing red light on its dashboard.
The man said that when he stopped, three men wearing ski masks held him at gunpoint as they robbed him of more than $5,000 in cash. The robbers then tied him up with duct tape and left him in his car along the highway.
A court says state regulators can force Illinois electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6-billion FutureGen project.
The 2-1 decision Tuesday by the Illinois Appellate Court OKs a state plan to charge an estimated $1 to $1.40 a month to help pay for the long-delayed project.
Ken Humphreys is CEO of the FutureGen Alliance. The group of coal companies is working with the U.S. Department of Energy on the project. Humphreys says the court decision will keep the project moving.
It has been 25 years since the passengers on United Flight 232 braced themselves for impact and prepared to die.
Back in 1989, the jetliner carrying nearly 300 people from Denver to Chicago lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. It crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, cartwheeling down the runway in flames and breaking apart in a cornfield.
Illinois and Missouri are on the list of states with the highest risk for earthquakes.
A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation.
The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.
The number of home sales in the Springfield area set a record last month. The average price per home was also an all time high.
The real estate market continues to recover, coming out of the recession. The Capital Area Association of Realtors says June numbers show a nearly 30 percent jump in homes being sold, compared to the same period a year ago. And it's a good time be a seller. The median home sale price was above $136,000. Both are all time marks.
It's possible the severe winter resulted in pent up demand.
Workers are patching eight leaks in the roof at the nearly 160-year-old Executive Mansion in Springfield.
A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1naGY6E ) for a Tuesday story that inspectors found the leaks. Work started shortly after the governor approved emergency roof repairs on June 30. Officials expect work to be done in a few weeks.
The amount of money spent on the repairs won't exceed $40,000 and will cover
Two Mississippi River bridges are closed due to flooding, and with more storms in the forecast, there is growing concern that conditions could worsen in parts of Missouri and Illinois.
The Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, closed yesterday. The next nearest bridge is in Hannibal, Missouri, 35 miles to the north. The Quincy Memorial Bridge in Quincy, Illinois, shut down this morning. The impact there isn't as severe because Quincy has two bridges, and the other is not threatened.
Firefighters have burned down the home where five members of a central Illinois family were beaten to death in 2009.
Ten members of the Beason Fire Department on Thursday set the small, white, one-story house where Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children were killed ablaze. Beason is about 30 miles south of Bloomington.
Beason fire Chief Jim Hubrich told The Pantagraph in Bloomington that the Gee family asked him for help demolishing the house. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency signed off on the plan.
Summertime means Farmer's Markets. Springfield has several, but a relatively new one has popped up on Springfield's east side. Lee Strubinger sat down with Wendy White-Mitter and Mary Rogers from St. John's Hospital, which sponsors the market. One of the challenges of the East Side Farmer's Market, they say, is that goes underutilized...
Mighty Strong Girls is a magazine to help navigate girls of all ages through various obstacles they may face in "girl world".
Amy Denney, founder and editor, had no idea that her religious faith would lead her to start a magazine for preteen to teenage girls. Mighty Strong Girls is a quarterly magazine that coordinates with the seasons of the year. The magazine also has a website, where there is a blog to express on almost any topic the girls want to discuss.
A long awaited children’s museum in Springfield is a step closer to becoming reality. Construction on a building for the Kidzeum of Health and Science will begin this year.
A $1 million dollar grant from the state, along with an additional $675,000 in TIF funds from the city of Springfield, are enough to get the work underway. The facility will occupy the old Schnepp and Barnes building, a nearly 70 year old structure on East Adams in the downtown area.
Traffic signals designed to prevent accidents are being installed on Springfield's west side.
Flashing yellow arrows will display at several intersections along Wabash Avenue, including at the White Oaks mall entrances. The state Department of Transportation says the arrows have resulted in significant reductions in crashes where they are in place in other areas. Statistics show intersections account for more than 30 percent of accidents.
Retired Judge Theodis Lewis will serve as ombudsman for the 10th Street Rail Corridor project. Lewis addressed a press conference at the location of the first construction, at 10th and Carpenter, on Monday.
Negotiations between residents of the 10th Street Corridor and the Illinois Department of Transportation , now that there is a go-between for the high speed rail project. A new ombudsman says he will be independent of either side.
Retired Judge Theodis Lewis will mediate discussions and disputes as the city and state get going on construction of the 10th Street Rail Corridor. Lewis' position was announced in downtown Springfield, on the site of the first phase of construction, at 10th and Carpenter. An underpass is slated to begin in late summer.
A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case of Pike County's sheriff, who is accused of misconduct.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports (http://bit.ly/1l6HtOo ) that Ed Parkinson with the Illinois State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor's Office has been assigned to Sheriff Paul Petty's case. Petty is due in court for a hearing on Friday.
An Adams County judge ruled earlier this month that having the Pike County State's Attorney's office prosecute the case was a conflict of interest.
A Springfield alderman wants to make sure that other insurance companies get the chance to cover CWLP properties for the city.
At the last city council meeting, aldermen approved a 3 year contract with R.W. Troxell to insure the city owned utility. The cost is around $1.8 million per year.
Under city code, however, anything with a cost over 25 thousand dollars must be competitively bid. Ward 7's Joe McMenamin says the Mayor's administration got around that caveat by claiming insurance is a service, rather than a purchase.
Mark Bott had the idea for Operation Kidsafe 11 years ago. Since then, more than 1 million children have participated.
The program is free. It allows kids to be photographed and fingerprinted and lets parents obtain other safety information. The parents are handed a document that can be updated. No personal information is given and there is no databasing.
"So you will always have a document that's ready to hand to law enforcement," Bott said. Of course, no one wants to ever see the information needed.
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is defending the city’s decision to renew a contract for CWLP insurance, despite criticisms over the lack of a bidding process.
The 3 year contract with R.W. Troxell to insure the city owned utility will cost around $1.8 million per year. Mayor Houston, during an interview on WUIS’ Illinois Edition, said the local firm has been doing business with the city for 30 years with a solid track record.
One Springfield Alderman called the two zoning changes approved for halfway homes in Springfield during last night's council meeting as "picking and choosing."
Zoning classifications for halfway houses were called into question last fall when a man living in one, known as House of the Rainbow, was arrested for murder. After that, the council refused to go along with zoning for that operation.
Yet last night, changes were allowed for properties on East Jackson and South 11th.
The Sangamon County Fair gets underway Wednesday night. This year, the fair is featuring several well known acts as well as queen pageant and demolition derby. Lee Strubinger sat down with coordinator Elizabeth McDevitt, who says this year the fair spent more on entertainment than any other year.
For more information about this year's festival, including festival line-up and prices, click here.
The Scovill Zoo in Decatur is getting nearly a half-million dollars in state grants to build a walk-through bird exhibit. The money is part of a state grant program that will give out $20 million dollars in capital funds for facility improvements and added exhibits at museums operated by local governments and cities.
Scovill is also getting the funding for a crowned-crane exhibit, pavilion, ADA walkway and a generator.
Major attractions receiving money include the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium.
The second ever Dumb Fest gets underway this afternoon at 3 p.m. Forty bands will grace multiple stages on both Friday and Saturday. The festival is a part of the ever changing Southtown scene in Springfield, located at 11th and South Grand Avenue. Lee Strubinger made his way to Dumb Records to sit down and talk with festival curator Brian Galecki.
Pike County has a new state's attorney to replace the former top prosecutor who accused the county sheriff of misconduct.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that the Pike County Board held a special meeting Thursday night to accept former Pike County State's Attorney Carrie Boyd's resignation. Board members also named Matt Goetten as her replacement to serve through Nov. 30. That's when voters will elect someone to serve the remaining two years of Boyd's term.